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Twin Exchange is a website community of language and cultural exchanges abroad
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Decisions, decisions... Planning your language exchange

Once you've made the excellent decision (if we do say so ourselves) to take part in an exchange abroad, it's time to start searching for an exchange partner. This means that you need to make a few more decisions... easier said than done right? Don't worry, here at Twin Exchange we've got a few tips to set you off in the right direction...

There's no 'one size fits all'
It's easy to forget that your best friend's ideal exchange isn't necessarily what will work for you, and vice versa. There is no one perfect destination that suits everyone, we're all different! So when searching for your host family think about what you want to get from the experience.

Stay open minded
So you know exactly what you're looking for in a host family and a destination? That's excellent! Whilst knowing what you want is never a bad thing, remember to keep an open mind and consider options that don't fit exactly into your criteria. Not only will you avoid limiting yourself in your search, but you'll open yourself up to new experiences too!

Location, Location, Location
The location of your exchange can have a huge effect on your experience so when choosing a destination, make sure you think about your priorities. Consider what's essential to your exchange and what's just an added extra. Whether it be the weather; the size of the town or city; the activities that you can do in the area; or the local culture that guides your decision; make sure you do your research and really consider what your lifestyle might be like in each place.

Get talking
Finding a family who you are compatible with is the key to a successful exchange; but as you won't have met the family beforehand, how do you know if you'll get on? Looking for exchange partners with whom you share some interests is a great way to start and once you've made that first contact, there are plenty of ways that you can chat with your potential exchange partner before making any concrete decisions. Try using Skype, email, and other social media to get to know your partner and to find out about their hobbies, their family, and their day-to-day activities. Not only does this help you to work out if you'll get on, but it's a great opportunity to practice your language skills too!

Written by Hati Witheley for Twin Exchange

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How does bilingualism boost your sociability, maturity and openness of spirit?
When you think of benefits of bilingualism you think about travel and translating, right? Whilst these are already huge advantages, the effects of bilingualism stretch far beyond the mastery of another language. In our last blog post we discussed how bilingualism can increase adaptability, in this post we'll be discussing the effect of the multilingual environment on social skills.

It's can be hard to be "the new kid". However as we mentioned earlier in the week, for Third Culture Kids change is part of the routine and as a result it's not rare for TCKs to become well practiced in this role. This carries many benefits for the development of bilingual children's social skills, bilingual children are generally considered to build strong relationships with others and to integrate into social groups more easily than their monolingual counterparts. This ability to effortlessly form new social connections can also be attributed to the diversity of cultures to which they are exposed: being accustomed to multicultural and multilingual environments bilingual children are generally more accepting of difference in others and have greater interpersonal understanding.

Having mastered two or more different languages, bilingual children are required to make quick decisions and are constantly adjusting their language depending on their interlocutor. Each language has its own precise context, and it is up to the child to perceive and understand the context so that conversation is successful. Consequently their abilities to interpret context of a conversation are strengthened, and they have heightened levels of perception.

All the same being the "new kid" can still be challenging for Third Culture Kids, and gives them an understanding of what it's like to be new. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that TCKs tend to be more empathetic, open and welcoming towards newcomers.

In fact the challenges of a multilingual and multicultural environment lead bilingual children to develop understanding and maturity beyond their years, as they overcome certain emotional obstacles at a younger age. Global nomadism often involves a lot of mobility, both for the children themselves and those around them. As a result TCKs often deal with more successive losses than other children and must learn not only to deal with these losses, but to maintain links with far-away friends at a much younger age than their monolingual counterparts. These children also have their own Third Culture identity to define, and they must juggle the importance of remembering their origins with their integration into the new culture. Whilst these challenges are not always easily overcome, they lead to a more mature and open attitude towards others.
This openness of spirit extends to their attitudes towards , and multilingual children are often more accepting of other points of view. This is owed in part to the fact that multilingual children often attend international schools where they make friends of different nationalities and gain an insight into other cultures and countries, developing a more global vision of the world. In consequence, bilingual children tend to be more curious than shy of new cultures and new people.

So whilst raising bilingual children does not come without it's challenges - both for the child and the parent - here at Twin Exchange we know that it's worth it. The enhanced awareness, social skills and mental flexibility that bilinguals develop through the mastery of another language and through their multilingual environment enables them to thrive in almost any situation. As a result, they're able to flourish as more resilient, adaptable and open minded individuals and are prepared for any adventures that they may choose to embark on.

Written by Hati Witheley for #Twinexchange

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The Benefits of Bilingualism Beyond Language: Adaptability

So you thought that the only benefit of bilingualism was learning another language? It's true that this is the primary aim of raising bilingual children, but the benefits stretch far beyond the mastery of another language. In next two posts we'll be looking into these long-term benefits of bilingualism, beginning with adaptability.

Chances are that you'll have heard of 'Third Culture Kids' (TCKs), also known as 'Global Nomads', or 'Cross Cultural Kids'. These terms refer to children who have been raised in a different culture to that of their parents. Bilingualism is central to the idea of a Third Culture Kid, and the 'Third Culture' represents the cultural identity that they themselves forge which exists somewhere in between their native culture and the culture that they have grown up in. Living in between two worlds, TCKs and bilingual children are no strangers to change and it comes as no surprise that they are considered to be far more adaptable than monolingual children.bilingual-education- adaptabilityIt's not rare for children to resist change, whether it's their own lives that are changing or the lives of those around them, the fear of the unknown can be powerful. However for Third Culture Kids change and uncertainty are all part of the furniture and their assurance and confidence when facing the unknown is increased. This change comes in many forms and on many scales, whether it be travelling to visit far-flung family members; a friend moving away; or swapping between languages during a conversation. No matter the form it takes, this constant exposure to change prepares TCKs and bilinguals for adapting to new and unknown situations.

In addition, bilingual children are required to make more context-based lexical choices than monolingual children and are thus able to think flexibly and creatively. When a monolingual child talks about a tree, he or she need only think and say the word "tree". In the same situation a bilingual child must first make the choice between two different words in two different languages, such as "tree" and "arbre". This decision is context-dependent, and bilingual children must consider their environment to make a decision so that they can be understood. As a result, bilingual children tend to have more 'can-do' attitudes than their monolingual counterparts: as their brains are constantly solving inner conflicts when it comes to linguistic choices, their mental flexibility is strengthened and resultantly their problem solving skills flourish.

Decision making skills and ability to focus are also considered to be positively affected by bilingualism. Not only do bilinguals have many linguistic decisions to make, but they must make them quickly. What's more due to the multilingual environments in which they often find themselves, they are often required to switch from one language to another within a conversation. This strengthens their confidence in their own ability to make decisions, and enhances their focus and multitasking skills as their brain restricts one language whilst they employ the other.

Alongside their exposure to change and uncertainty, the enhanced mental flexibility of bilinguals equips them with confidence and assurance when facing unknown situations and enables them to thrive in unfamiliar environments, serving as a huge advantage for their personal and professional futures.

Look out for our next post in which we'll be discussing the social benefits of bilingualism!

Written by Hati Whiteley for #Twinexchange

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Twin exchange in an international hospitality plateform design to help you to find a language and/or cultural exchange abroad. For example, you can imagine a french exchange or a spanish exchange. A language exchange is based on two family members each offering hospitality in turn on a reciprocal basis. Our website is designed for both teenager and adults. Minors and adults are on separated website. As soon as you have registered, you can organize your own reciprocal trip with the corespondant family you have chosen. Please, follow the 5 steps registration required.
Regisgter here in 5 steps :

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How to become bilingual ?

Knowledge of a second language has become increasingly important for both personal and professional growth. Whether you are working for a multinational company or simply enjoy traveling and long to immerse yourself in different cultures, being bilingual offers a breadth of advantages. Celebrities like Bradley Cooper and Johny Depp, both speak French, and Leonardo di Caprio is fluent in German. Similarly, Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow perfected their Spanish skills as students living with local families of South America and Spain. If your dream is to be bilingual like these stars, read on - you are in the right place!
Different Ways To Learn A New Language :

Bilingual schools are becoming an inaccessible dream to many parents as they become increasingly selective and costly. As a result, many parents have been forced to improvise, seeking out creative alternatives for ensuring their children learn a second language. Fortunately, many user-friendly apps and online language courses such as Rosetta Stone or "Ingles sin Bareras" offer effective means for learning a new language. Additionally, some parents have found success in recruiting a bilingual nanny or au pair while others have turned to summer camps or afterschool lessons.
Living With A Foreign Partner

Multinational households can ensure their children are raised bilingual by implementing the "One Parent One Language" (OPOL) method. This practice calls for each parent to speak solely their native tongue when conversing with their child, providing a solid base for the child's continuous learning and understanding of both languages. It's important to note that OPOL must be implemented in the household early in the child's development to avoid confusion. To learn more about this method, visit the Multilingual Children Association.
Learn With a Reciprocal Language Exchange Program

One of the most successful methods for learning a second language is full language immersions through a reciprocal language exchange program. These programs offer the chance for your child to live abroad and communicate daily with local, native speakers. Living abroad with a local host family allows participants to discover different cultures, traditions and people. The reciprocal nature of these program also offers parents an enriching experience as they open their doors to a child from a different background, country and culture. The experience has proven to broaden horizons for both families and instills in children valuable skills needed for adapting to new and unfamiliar experiences with ease. Participation in language exchange programs can begin at any age and children over the age of 11 can travel on most airlines unaccompanied.

Twin Exchange facilitates language exchange programs with unparalleled ease and convenience. If you and your family are interested in learning new languages and connecting with individuals from across the globe, simply follow the instructions below to take the first step in what is sure to be an adventure of a lifetime.

1. Register at #Twinexchange following the 5 steps.
2. Review dozens of profiles of other families from around the world interested in making a language exchange.
3. Once you've found the right host family, use our secure website to reach out and get to know each other.
4. Organize the trip between families and you are on your way!

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Con Twin Exchange, tienes la oportuniad de participar en intercambios culturales realizando una inmersión lingüística. Los intercambios van dirigidos tanto a jóvenes como a adultos.

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Twin Exchange te permite viajar por todo el mundo. Puedes encontrar el intercambio permitiendo aprender otro idioma y conocer otros costumbres !

Registrate ahora y consulta las posibilidades de intercambios :)

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Twin Exchange was at the 3rd Bilingual Education Fair 2016 in New York to present the new site for the best immersion language exchange program .

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Twin Exchange is aware that all the bilingual children will become international citizens and future critical thinkers.
If you want to find the best language exchange partner to go abroad. Go directly on our site :
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Bilingual Education Fair in New York

Twin Exchange will be present with a stand at the Bilingual Education Fair in New York on October, 15th, 2016
It will be an opportunity to officially open our language and cultural exchanges abroad in the North American market.
We look forward to welcoming you on our stand at Hunter College, between Lexington Avenue and 68th Street, New York.
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